Happy Anniversary!

Trip Start Jul 13, 2006
Trip End Jul 20, 2006

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Today David and Arlette celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary; not something you see much these days. What an accomplishment. Congratulations to them for reaching this milestone, and we, along with their entire family, wish them many more years of love, joy and excitement. We have been honored to share this time with them here in Barbados.

Our journey today was merely one of relaxation and reflection. Over breakfast, they shared their thoughts of what 25 years of marriage means to them. We shared a few laughs and memories and enjoyed our delicious breakfast. Our gracious host Graham stopped by and offered to take us on a private tour of the other villas here at Hotel Little Good Harbor. The grounds of this property are beautifully appointed with lush gardens and several private villas. There are six 3-bedroom villas being built, which will be available in December. These are the top of the line. Lovely, spacious living and sleeping areas, modern kitchens and baths, luxurious furnishings, and a view of the Caribbean Sea just across the way.

The weather was so nice, and the tide very calm, that after our tour we went down to the sea to frolic. The waves ushered in warm waters towards the shoreline as we donned our snorkeling gear the ventured out in search of sea life. Michael and I headed out first, joined later by David, while Arlette remained ashore and snapped photos of us. The underwater views were spectacular, with all types of fishes - the names of which we'll have to research later. Lots of coral and interesting looking rocks sprinkled the sea floor and provided hiding places for the fishes.

After about 2 hours in the water we headed back to shore and joined Arlette on the cabana. What a lovely place to relax. A few children who had been enjoying lunch at The Fish Pot came over to say hello to and show us the seashells they had found. They explained that they were from England and that they and their parents were staying at a nearby hotel. It was fun to watch them discover all of the stones, shells, crabs and other seashore remnants. And shortly after the children had gone away, all four of us found ourselves lulled asleep by the sounds of the waves. The short nap was a welcome rest.

Michael and I prepared a special dinner for the honored couple - pan seared salmon, curried rice and fresh green beans. As the sun set we all enjoyed dinner, again reflected on years of happiness, and toasted to many more experiences like this.
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